Art in Review: 3.13.09-4.3.09

Hello. Sugar City is really proud to have presented several “nontraditional” art exhibits. Part of our mission is to showcase works of art that have may not receive space from traditional sources. We are going to begin reviewing some of our past featured artists on this website. Some of our fans may not have been able to visit in awhile or even since the opening. We just want to let you know about the neat work we strive to showcase.

First Up:
Sweettalker by Tom Hughes


Tom Hughes just had a show at the Buffalo Arts Studio and was a solo-exhibitor as part of “Top Spin” at the Castellani Art Museum at Niagara University. Tom stated that the work he featured at Sugar City helped him workout the ideas that were expressed in his later shows. Tom is currently an art professor at Erie Community College and received his MFA from the University of Wisconsin in 2005. Tom’s artwork has been received international and national exposure with exhibitions in Rome, Italy, Madison, WI and at Sugar City in Buffalo, NY. The Albright-Knox Art Gallery is exhibiting Tom’s work in the
regional/international biennale, Beyond/In Western New York in the Fall of 2010.





Thursday, March 4, 2010
7:30pm – 9:00pm

Dorkbot Buffalo kicks off March at Sugar City this Thursday. Featuring presentations by Cayden Mak and Stephanie Rothenberg.

Presenter Bios:
Cayden Mak is a cyborg, game designer, theorist, and reality hacker. He is pursuing his MFA in UB’s Department of Media Study. Previously, he earned a degree from the University of Michigan in philosophy, where he studied Wittgenstein, language-games, and speech acts. Beginning this spring, he is working on a pervasive game with the Intermedia Performance Studio for the Beyond/In Western New York Biennial, commissioned by the Burchfield Penney. He writes about philosophy, games, critical pedagogy, and cyborg post-feminism (amongst other things) at

Stephanie Rothenberg’s interdisciplinary practice merges performance, installation and networked media to create provocative interactions that question the boundaries and social constructs of manufactured desires. Her recent work investigates new models of online labor and the virtualization of the global workplace. Stephanie has lectured and exhibited at venues and festivals including the Sundance Film Festival, Banff New Media Institute, ISEA and LABoral. In 2009 she received a Creative Capital grant and has recently participated in artist residencies at Eyebeam and Harvestworks in NYC. She is Associate Professor of Visual Studies at University at Buffalo.


Sunday Soup 2.28.10 winner YOUR MONEY AT WORK.

Announcing the first tour!
Saturday, March 13, 2010, 10:00am – 7:00pm
Western New York (exact details TBA)

“If it’s been buried, it’s been buried in Niagara County”
— Lou Ricciuti and Geoff Kelly

Come with us for a trip digging up the buried secrets of Western New York’s heritage of environmental disaster and injustice. Starting with Love Canal, we’ll spend the day traveling around the region, visiting radioactive and toxic waste burial grounds, ecologically and socio-economically abusive industries, and other sites of devastation. We’ll be joined by eyewitnesses and activists, who will provide more information about both the tragic history and hopeful future of the region.

This project is funded in part by a Sunday Soup grant from Sugar City!

The itinerary is still in development — contact Jordan Dalton ( or the facebook event pagefor more details, suggestions, or to RSVP!

The tour will cost a suggested $5, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.


These are friends of Sugar City direct all direct questions to the BADL.

“Buffalo Arts Digital Library will be a digital library of contemporary artistic production in Buffalo. Made as part of a semester-long group project for UB’s Digital Libraries course, it is meant to be a prototype for further development that will include the work dozens of Buffalo artists; as such, it is not a complete view of the enormously productive arts scene in Buffalo

Buffalo Arts Digital Library (BADL) is seeking submissions from Buffalo area artists. The BADL Project is a prototype for an internet archive of contemporary artistic production in Buffalo being developed by graduate students of the UB MLS program. Works in creative writing, craft, visual, film, media, performance and music arts are eligible.

Please send work according to the specifications of your genre (below). Send as attachments to by February 15, 2010. The subject line should include the artist’s full name as subject along with ‘BADL submission ( ex. Sam JonesBADL) Sending your work to us gives us the right to reproduce it online. If you do not own the copyright to a piece or have a contract with a studio that does not let you reproduce work, do not send that work.


An event for everyone to get involved

This is our 4th edition of SUNDAY SOUP! This time around we are looking for TWO winners-one original project and one project dedicated to being presented as part of the Sugar City’s anniversary party at WNYBAC in April.

Sugar City will share delicious soup (vegan and vegetarian!) and other yummy accompaniments. You will generously donate $5 to the future winning artists. Then, while we eat and relax artists will present their projects. Sunday Soup goers will select two artists to receive the donations collected that night-one original project and one commissioned project to be presented at our anniversary fundraiser.

Soup grants provide funding for small projects and a free show/ing at Sugar City. Projects can be anything such as fine art, media art, cooking, sewing, producing an album, whatever you can imagine using your creativity and imagination and would not be funded by traditional sources. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the attendees at Sunday Soup.

Please send a short proposal and whatever other materials you deem appropriate to For the party we are looking for a multi-media piece-such as a performance, film , poetry reading, giveaway or installation that will be presented for one night only!

To be eligible to win a grant you must be in attendance and donate at the soup event. This event is as much about community building as supporting art making.

***PS let us know if you’d like to help prepare food or bring some treats!***

This project was inspired by Chicago’s Incubate ( and is dedicated to the memory of Ben Schaafsma.

Sunday Feb 28 7pm-9pm
19 Wadsworth St in Allentown

Past Winners
Tom Van Deusen “Rearing Your Tween”
Madeleine Cutrona “Urban Biospy”
Sugar City (in conjunction with a CEPA/InCubate residency) “Sunday Soup”